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Region 6 Tournament
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REGION 6 BRACKETS

REGION 6 ADVANCEMENT

 

Schedule
Friday: Pre-Quarters - 4:30pm / Quarters: 6:30pm
Saturday: Semis: 10:00am / Consolations: 12:00pm / Finals: 3:00pm

 

Shore Conference Teams

Asbury Park: 0 Champs  /  Last Medal Winner: 2018
1 Qualifier: Stevens Cajulus (Hwt)

This is the 2nd Region appearance for Cajulus, who also qualified as a sophomore in 2020. He is looking to become the Blue Bishops first State Qualifier since Jaylen Paige in 2018, and their first champion in program history. He is seeded 6th at heavyweight, and will open his tournament against #11 Layne Raposo of Shore Regional.

Top 4 Seeds
 

Brick Memorial: 68 Champs (Last: 2021)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
12 Qualifiers: Gavin Martin (106) / Evan Tallmadge (120) / Lucas Torre (126) / Anthony Santaniello (132) / Braden Scott (138) / Brody Elk (144) / Ryan Smith (150) / Josh James (157) / Harvey Ludington (175) / Cody Martin (190) / Mike Owusu (215) / Sam Azzaretti (Hwt) 

Brick Memorial leads all Shore Conference programs with 68 Region Champions. A number they will aim to tack on to this year with 12 qualifiers. Obviously, the Stangs' returning State Champions, Evan Tallmadge and Anthony Santaniello, received top seeds, and will be gunning for their 3rd Region Titles,as the Stangs look to make it 11 years in a row with a Region Champ.

Top 4 Seeds
#1: Tallmadge (120) / Santaniello (132)
#2: Smith (150) / Ludington (175)
#3: Scott (138)

 

Brick Twp: 16 Champs (Last: 2020)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020
3 Qualifiers: Andrew Sherry (126 / Ian Mallon (150) / Jake DeDreux (165)

The Dragons, who did not have a qualifier last year, have three this season, which is their most since sending four to the Regions in 2017. 

Top 4 Seeds
 

CBA: 23 Champs (Last: 2021)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
13 Qualifiers: Tyler Venet (106) / Alex Provines (113) / Alex Nini (120) / Garrett Totten (126) / AJ Falcone (132) / Julian George (138) / Nico Punzi (144) / Tyler Barrett (150) / Zander Silva (157) / Nick Stump (165) / Anthony Lawrence (175) / Peter Grippo (190) / Rob Canterino (215)

The Colts are sending a program-record 13 wrestlers to this year's tournament, the most for any team in Region 6, and matching Middletown South (Region 5) & Southern Regional (Region 7) for most in the Shore this season. Ten wrestlers received Top 4 seeds for the Colts, including a Region-high six #1 seeds. Two of their top seeds have previously won Region Titles, with Julian George winning last season, while Tyler Barrett won in 2020.

Top 4 Seeds
#1: Venet (106) / Totten (126) / George (138) / Barrett (150) / Silva (157) / Canterino (215)
#2: Nini (120) / Punzi (144)
#3: Lawrence (175)
#4: Stump (165)

 

Colts Neck: 6 Champs (Last: 2021)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
8 Qualifiers: Michael Lyristis (132) / Tyler Russ (138 / Christian Marcus (150) /  Joe Layton (157) / Ford Zajac (165) / Amir Shakhnavazov (175) / Eric Abbud (215) / Matt Jannucci (Hwt)

The Cougars, who have sent at least half of their lineup to the Regions in five of the last six tournaments, will be looking to make it four years in a row with a Region Champ, six with a State qualifier. Four Cougars were seeded in the Top 4, with undefeated heavyweight Matt Jannucci getting the #1 seed at heavyweight. It is the 2nd Region appearance for Jannucci, who placed 4th last season, while #3 seeds Michael Lyristis and Ford Zajac are making their 4th and 3rd appearances, respectively.

Top 4 Seeds
#1: Jannucci (Hwt)
#3: Lyristis (132) / Zajac (165)
#4: Shakhnavazov (175)

 

Freehold Boro: 6 Champs (Last: 2020)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020
9 Qualifiers: Sam Sheridan (106) / Riley Tate (120) / Angelo Messina (126) / Michael Connelly (138) / Andrew Fata (144) / Joe Berryman (157) / Brandon Smith (165) / Alberto Pantoja (215) / Jonathan Johnson (Hwt)

Led by 2020 State-qualifier, Angelo Messina, the Colonials have a program-best 9 wrestlers at this year's tournament, and are looking to send multiple wrestlers on to States for the 3rd time in four seasons. Senior Brandon Smith picked up the highest seed for the Colonials, earning the 2-slot at 165. 2020 medal winner, Angelo Messina, received a 4-seed, as did the 1-2 combo up top for the Colonials in Alberto Pantoja and Jonathan Johnson.

Top 4 Seeds
#2: Smith (165)
#4: Messina (126) / Pantoja (215) / Johnson (Hwt)

 

Freehold Twp: 4 Champs (Last: 2001)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
7 Qualifiers: Michael Hynes (106) / Ryan Dubnik (113) / Alexander Grant (120) /  Liam Flanigan (144) / Sebastian Andujar (157) / Aidan Harrington (165) / Nicholas Benjamino (215)

The Patriots will have 7 representatives at this year's tournament, matching their highest number since 2017. Sophomore Ryan Dubnik received the #1 seed at 113-pounds, and will be aiming to win the first Region Title for the Patriots since Rob Morello in 2001.

Top 4 Seeds
#1: Dubnik (113)
#4: Grant (120)

 

Howell: 39 Champs (Last: 2021)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
12 Qualifiers: Xavier Ortega (113) / Sebastian Ortega (120) / Sawyer Ostroff (126) / Kieran Bruen (132) / Giovanni Scafidi (138) / Gavin Merkel (150) / Nick Acque (157) / Hunter Mays (165) / DJ Henry (175) / Ian Soutar (190) / Dane Colfer (215) / Thomas Richards (Hwt)

The Rebels, who are tied with Long Branch for most Region Champions from a Monmouth County school, are sending double digit wrestlers to the Regions for the 5th time in 6 years. Half of the Rebels' dozen qualifiers received Top 4 seeds, including returning State Champion Hunter Mays, and DJ Henry, who received top seeds. Freshman Xavier Ortega, and sophomore Giovanni Scafidi, who was a Region runner-up last year, both were seeded #2, while Sebastian Ortega, who placed 5th in the State last year, was seeded #3.

Top 4 Seeds
#1: Mays (165) / Henry (175)
#2: X Ortega (113) / Scafidi (138)
#3: S Ortega (120)
#4: Acque (157)

 

Jackson Liberty: 6 Champs (Last: 2015)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
3 Qualifiers: Anthony Urso (106) / Pete Abline (120) / Jake Klein (215)

With the three qualifiers for this year's tournament, the Lions continue their streak of having multiple Region qualifiers every season since the program joined the varsity ranks in 2008. 3-time Region qualifier Jake Klein, and sophomore Anthony Urso, who placed 5th in the Region last year, each earned #2 seeds, as Liberty looks to get their first Region Title since 2015, and advance multiple wrestlers to States for the first time in six seasons.

Top 4 Seeds
#2: Urso (106) / Klein (215)

 

Jackson Memorial: 52 Champs (Last: 2019)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
10 Qualifiers: Jason Seda (106) / Luis Espinosa (113) / Jonathan Espinosa (120) / Lucas LiPari (126) / Andrew Cennamo (132) / George Ebid (138) / Kael Huxford (144) / Luke Hamann (165) / Mike Rauch (190) / Ryan Fischer (Hwt)

The Jags 52 Region Champions trails only Brick Memorial for most all-time in the Shore Conference. The Jags received two seeds in the Top 4, with 2-time qualifier Jason Seda getting the #3 at 106, and 3-time qualifier Mike Rauch, who finished 6th in 2020, getting the #4 at 190.

Top 4 Seeds
#3: Seda (106)
#4: Rauch (190)

 

Lakewood: 15 Champs (Last: 2005)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2019
2 Qualifiers: Edgar Silva (132) / Xavion Moore (Hwt)

The Piners have multiple Region qualifiers for the first time since 2019. Edgar Silva is seeded 7th, and will open with Wall's Nicholas Vetrano, while Xavion Moore is seeded 13th, and will compete in the pre-quarters against Freehold Boro's Jonathan Johnson.

Top 4 Seeds
 

Long Branch: 39 Champs (Last: 2020)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020
8 Qualifiers: Josh Renna (106) / James Renna (113) / Ignacio Guzman (126) / Nick Miller (132) / Logan Smith (138) / Angel Bonanno (157) / Roberto Neves (175) / Deiondre McCulers (190)

The Green Wave, who are tied with Howell for most Region Champs all-time in Monmouth County, are sending at least half of their lineup to the Regions for the 9th time in 10 years. The Wave drew a pair of 3-seeds for seniors Angel Bonnano, who is competing in his third Region Tournament, and Deiondre McCulers.

Top 4 Seeds
#3: Bonnano (157) / McCulers (190)

 

Manasquan: 6 Champs (Last: 1980)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2017
1 Qualifier: Torey Falkinburg (138)

For the 6th consecutive season, the Warriors will be represented at the Regions. This time it is by junior Torey Falkinburg, who placed 3rd at D21. Falkinburg was seeded 12th at 138, and will open against #5 Michael Connelly of Freehold Boro on Friday nights.

Top 4 Seeds
 

Monmouth: 0 Champs / Last Medal Winner: 2007
2 Qualifiers: Jayden Acevedo (113) / Joseph Camilleri (175)

The Falcons are sending a pair to the Regions, giving them multiple Region participants for the 3rd time in 4 years. Jayden Acevedo was seeded 9th at 113, and is set for a pre-quarter match with West Windsor Plainsboro South's Colin Cote, who he dropped a 6-5 decision to on the final day of the regular season. Joseph Camilleri was also seeded 9th, and will take on #8 Owen Drake of Lawrence in the pre-quarters.

Top 4 Seeds
 

Ocean Township: 23 Champs (Last: 2020)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
5 Qualifiers: James Farina (126) / Gio Poniros (138) / Nick Benner (150) / Shane Cartagena-Walsh (157) / Jared Tracey (190)

Led by returning State qualifiers Jared Tracey and James Farina, all 5 of the Spartans' entrants in this year's tournament are returning qualifiers from last year, and were all seeded in the Top 4. Tracey, a 2-time State-qualifier who is participating in his fourth Region Tournament, is the top seed at 190, while Farina, a State-qualifier last season, was seeded #3 at 126. Senior Shane Cartagena-Walsh, who was seeded 2nd at 157, finished 6th at Regions last year. 4-time Region-qualifier Gio Poniros and 3-time qualifier Nick Benner each received #4 seeds.

Top 4 Seeds
#1: Tracey (190)
#2: Cartagena-Walsh (157)
#3: Farina (126)
#4: Poniros (138) / Benner (150)

 

Pt Beach: 20 Champs (Last: 2017)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
2 Qualifers: PJ Niethe (120) / Jonah Bowers (144)

The 2nd Region Tournament for Bowers, and for Niethe, he is the Gulls first freshman to qualify for the tournament since Bowers did it in 2019. Bowers is seeded #8 at 144, and will open the tournament against #9 Cole Cifrodelli of Robbinsville, while Niethe is seeded 9th at 120 and faces Northern Burlington's Kyle Hill on Friday, with the winner getting #1 Evan Tallmadge of Brick Memorial, a returning State Champion.

Top 4 Seeds
 

Pt Boro: 21 Champs (Last: 2018)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020
7 Qualifiers: Joey DeAngelo (106) / Frankie Burgio (113) / Ryan Acquisto (144) / Jack Thompson (150) / Jacob Messano (165) / Justin Krosnicki (215) / Luke Wilson (Hwt)

Joey DeAngelo & Frankie Burgio are the Panthers first freshmen to qualify for the Regions since 2018. They were each seeded #4 at their respective weight classes. Junior Jack Thompson is the highest seeded Panther, earning the #3 at 150. 

Top 4 Seeds
#3: Thompson (150)

#4: DeAngelo (106) / Burgio (113)
 

Shore: 4 Champs (Last: 2020)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
7 Qualifiers: Gabe Scalise (132) / Jacob Herschenfeld (138) / Ty Koch (150) / Liam Rosa (165) / Jamie Mazzacco (190) / Bashaar Ismail (215) / Layne Raposo (Hwt)

The Blue Devils will once again be well-represented at the Regions, with multiple qualifiers for the 10th straight season. 3-time Region-qualifier Gabe Scalise and 2-time qualifier Jamie Mazzacco, each received #2 seeds in their respective weight classes, and look to lead the way as the Blue Devils try and make it six seasons in a row with at least one State qualifier.

Top 4 Seeds
#2: Scalise (132) / Mazzacco (190)
 

TR North: 29 Champs (Last: 2021)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
6 Qualifiers: Zack Kerico (120) / Cole Anderson (126) / Joe Dolci (132) / Jake Rosenthal (144) / Josh Figueroa (157) / Ryan Winn (175)

For the 10th straight season, the Mariners have at least 4 Region qualifiers, and will be looking to make it 6 years in a row with at least one Region medal winner. Leading the way are a trio of Top 4 seeds in #2 Cole Anderson at 126, 3-time Region qualifier Jake Rosenthal at #3 at 144, and #4 Joe Dolci, who is in his 2nd Region Tournament.

Top 4 Seeds
#2: Anderson (126)
#3: Rosenthal (144)
#4: Dolci (132)

 

Wall: 28 Champs (Last: 2020)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
5 Qualifiers:  Michael DiBiase (106) / Nicholas Vetrano (132) / Donovan Distefano (144) / Davon Esdaile (150) / Louis Pilla (190)

Led by 2-time qualifiers Donovan DiStefano and Louis Pilla, the Knights will be looking to make it 10 seasons in a row with a Region medal winner. DiStefano, who finished 4th at Regions last season, is undefeated this year, and earned the #1 seed, while Pilla is #6 at 190. Talented freshman Michael DiBiase is the #5 seed at 106.

Top 4 Seeds
#1: DiStefano (144)

Predictions

106: Tyler Venet of CBA jumped into the #1 seed on the strength of his win in last weekend's D21 finals over #2 Anthony Urso of Jackson Liberty, and also defeated #4 Joey DeAngelo of Pt Boro in the semis. Urso has wins over #3 Jason Seda of Jackson Memorial, DeAngelo, and #5 Michael DiBiase of Wall, among others. Seda split a pair of matches with DeAngelo with season. DeAngelo could be in line to face DiBiase in the quarterfinals, in what would be a rematch of a bout won earlier this season by DiBiase. This could be a great race, and don't count out Brick Memorial' Gavin Martin lurking at the 7-seed.

PREDICTION: Urso (Jackson Liberty)

113: A lot of young wrestlers here without previous advancement criteria due to no Districts last season to get them into the Regions in 2021, or they're freshmen, as in the case of #2 seed Xavier Ortega of Howell. Ortega has the most seeding points of this group, but #1 Ryan Dubnik's previous advancement allowed him to secure the top seed. This might not be as deep as we've seen 113 in Region 6 in the past, but there's a lot of potential spoilers lurking in this bracket.

PREDICTION: Ortega (Howell)

120: If the seeds hold, it sets up another showdown between #2 Alex Nini of CBA and #3 Sebastian Ortega of Howell in the semifinals. The two met twice last season, with Ortega winning a one-point decision in the regular season, and in overtime in the Regions. Nini bounced back this year with a 4-0 win over Ortega in the Shore Conference Tournament. Over in the top half of the bracket, the #1 seed is returning State Champion, and 2-time Region Champion, Evan Tallmadge of Brick Memorial, who you've probably heard of.

PREDICTION: Tallmadge (Brick Memorial)

126: Top-seed Garrett Totten of CBA is a 2-time State medalist, finishing 7th in 2020 & 2021, but is still searching for his first Region Title. #2 Cole Anderson jumped into the 2-slot on the strength of his win over #3 James Farina of Ocean Township in last weekend's D21 semis, making the Top 3 seeds all from D21. #4 Angelo Messina of Freehold Boro and #5 Lucas Torre of Brick Memorial were both State-qualifiers in 2020. They are locked in to meet in the quarterfinals. The two met in the Shore Conference Tournament, with Messina winning by major. I need to go upset somewhere, and I'm tempted here, but......

PREDICTION: Totten (CBA)

132: Returning State Champ, and 2-time Region Champ, Anthony Santaniello is the 1-seed here, and is a heavy favorite. The battle here looks to be for the 2-4 slots.

PREDICTION: Santaniello (Brick Memorial)

138: #1 Julian George of CBA is a returning Region champ, and finished 8th in the State last season. #2 Giovanni Scafidi of Howell was the runner-up in the Central Region in this weight class last season. At #3 is Brick Memorial's Braden Scott, who has finished in the Top 6 in the Region twice, while #4 Gio Poniros of Ocean is competing in his 4th Region Tournament.

PREDICTION: George (CBA)

144: Undefeated Donovan DiStefano of Wall is the top seed, and the lone wrestler in this group to have qualify for the States last season. CBA's Nico Punzi jumped into the #2 seed on the strength of his D21 Finals win over #3 Ryan Rosenthal of TR North, who is participating in his 3rd Region Tournament. Punzi gets matched up with #7 Brody Elk of Brick Memorial, who is coming off his great run to the D23 Title where he was also seeded 7th. 

PREDICTION: DiStefano (Wall)

150: #1 Tyler Barrett of CBA was a Region Champ as a freshman in 2020, but finished 5th last season. #2 Ryan Smith is a 2-time State-qualifier, placing 3rd at Regions in 2019 & 2020. Barrett decisioned Smith, 3-2, in the Colts dual against the Stangs back in early January. #3 Jack Thompson of Pt Boro edged #4 Nick Benner of Ocean for the 3-seed behind his 3-1 win in last weekend's D21 Semis.

PREDICTION: Smith (Brick Memorial)

157: #1 Zander Silva of CBA has finished 3rd and 4th in his first two Region Tournaments. #2 Shane Cartagena-Walsh of Ocean came thisclose (that's supposed to be close) to a last second winning takedown against Silva in the D21 Finals. #3 Angel Bonnano of Long Branch has quietly had a very solid year for the Green Wave. Keep an eye on him here. 

PREDICTION: Silva (CBA)

165: It's one thing to have all the District Champs on one side of the bracket. It's another thing to put them on the same side of the bracket with the top seed and returning State Champion, Hunter Mays of Howell. Ouch!

PREDICTION: Mays (Howell)

175: Back to back #1 seeds for the Rebels, with junior DJ Henry, who placed 3rd in the Region last year, earning the top slot here. At #2 is Brick Memorial super-frosh Harvey Ludington, who is going to pick up a lot of postseason hardware throughout his career. Does he start off his Regions with a 1st-place medal? At #3 is CBA's Anthony Lawrence who has been wrestling tough through injury all season long. His quarterfinal round match is set as he takes on another District Champ in Ewing's Owen Weigle.

PREDICTION: Ludington (Brick Memorial)

190: #1 Jared Tracey of Ocean Township has finished 4th in each of the last two Regions. His only loss this season came back at the Mustang Classic. #2 Jamie Mazzacco of Shore, a senior, was a Region qualifier as a freshman, but did not compete in the last two postseasons. He majored  the #3 seed, Deiondre McCulers of Long Branch, in last week's D23 semis. McCulers split a pair of bouts this season with #4 Mike Rauch of Jackson Memorial. Rauch, a 3-time qualifier who placed 6th in 2020, is matched up against #5 Ian Soutar of Howell in the quarters. 

PREDICTION: Tracey (Ocean Twp)

215: Robert Canterino of CBA is making his first Region appearance. He jumped into the top-seed on the strength of his win over #2 Jake Klein of Jackson Liberty in last weekend's D21 Finals. At #3 is Hightstown's Chris Stavrou. The undefeated senior has won all but one of his bouts with bonus, including three 1st period pins on his way to the D24 Title.

PREDICTION: Stavrou (Hightstown)

Hwt: At #1 is unbeaten Matt Jannucci of Colts Neck, who already has his quarterfinal opponent set in freshman D21 Champ, freshman Jacob Howland of Hamilton West. Pretty interesting opening round matchup in the other half of the top bracket with #4 Jonathon Johnson of Freehold Boro and #13 Thomas Richards of Howell. Winner gets #5 Sam Azzaretti of Brick Memorial.

PREDICTION: Jannucci (Colts Neck)